Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD, today announced the approval of the Old Irish Goat breed as a Native Rare breed to Ireland. Its recognition as a breed is based on extensive DNA profiling using the latest Genotyping technology and is an important step in the conservation of this rare breed.
The Old Irish Goat originates from Mulranny in Co Mayo but recently have been used as part of a conservation grazing project in Howth Head which commenced in 2021. They are being used to reduce gorse cover in the area that has been plagued with wildfires.
Speaking on the announcement, Minister McConalogue said he was pleased to announce that the Old Irish Goat is now classed as a native rare breed.
He also said are many factors such as cultural, historic, and genetic diversity that make the Old Irish Goat a unique breed with a rich history unique to Ireland and it is celebrated in Irish folklore, tradition, paintings and literature.